CLARENCE, N.Y. (WIVB) - There is shock and sadness about the death of a junior firefighter who died in a car crash in Clarence. Friends and family are mourning the loss of Alex Hemline, a kind and caring teenager taken from this earth too soon.
Yellow tape still surrounds the crash site that claimed the life of the 17 year old. Authorities say Sunday morning Hemline was traveling down Kraus Road in Clarence when he lost control of his Jeep and crashed into a tree.
John Blunt hear the crash, he said, "I heard a squealing of tires, not like peeling out but like if they were sliding sideways and then I heard a loud crash."
Erie County Sheriff's Deputies are still investigating what caused the fatal crash. Meanwhile, the scene has become a small memorial for the junior firefighter. Harris Hill Fire Chief Nick Radlich says Nick was a junior firefighter.
Radlich said, "Somebody willing to help a complete stranger, it's just a very admirable duty that there calling upon."
Radlich says Hemline was an only child and someone who cared about those where he lived.
Radlich said, "He came to Harris Hill and joined our company looking to kind of help our community. Seventeen-year-old kid, most kids are worried about hanging out with their friends but Alex wanted to donate his time to the fire company."
The community he served remembers and salutes him. Radlich said, "We will continue to progress as a fire company, we know that's what Alex would have wanted and now we have Alex watching over us on every call."
Hemline was a student at Clarence High School.Grief counselors and psychologists were at the school Monday to help students through the grieving process. School officials say the loss is a tragedy they are working through together.
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